City police hunt bogus temp in £300k job scam
PUBLISHED: 12:31 14 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:07 05 October 2010
POLICE are warning job agencies to be on their guard against a fraudster who is ripping off recruiters. They have sent letters to recruitment companies in the City of London after several firms reported falling victim to a fraud that has cost at least £300,000
By Mike Brooke
POLICE are warning job agencies to be on their guard against a fraudster who is ripping off recruiters.
They have sent letters to recruitment companies in the City of London after several firms reported falling victim to a fraud that is thought to have netted at least £300,000, and possibly much more with unreported incidents.
The fraudster sets up a fake foreign company and then contacts an agency asking for a temporary worker with a specific set of skills, mainly languages.
Within days, the agency is sent a CV seemingly offering them someone with just that rare skill set. The false CV secures its fictitious owner a job with the non-existent overseas company and the recruitment agency pays the wages of the temporary worker.
The crime only comes to light when invoices to recover the wages are sent to the false company and not reimbursed.
Det Con Kevin Ives said: "We are also determined to catch the fraudster and want agencies who suspect they may have had dealings with him to report it.
"This fraud has cost some recruitment companies large sums of money and we're warning others to avoid becoming victims.
"We want to encourage the recruitment industry to put in robust vetting procedures and make sure ID checks are carried out on new clients."
The fraudster involved has used the same aliases in several crimes and companies are being asked to check their records for the following names:
Antonio Almeda, Antonio Almeida or Tony D'Almeda or similar spelling
Bero Venturi or Berodo Venturi or similar spelling.
Company names such as Myers & Myers and hhi tekno have also been used.